After a rough pregnancy and “intense delivery,” Joey Fatone and wife Kelly have welcomed a second daughter.
Kloey Alexandra Fatone arrived Monday evening in Orlando, Fla., weighing in at just 5 lbs., 8 oz. She joins big sister Briahna, 8 ½.
“Kloey’s so small,” notes the Dancing with the Stars alum. “She looks like a little doll. But she’s healthy and doing just fine.”
Which is a wonderful thing, especially considering Kelly was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. (Try saying THAT five times — or even one time — fast.)
“She was so tired, just exhausted all the time,” Joey says of his wife of five years. “We took her to the doctors, and they found blood clots in her lungs. It was life and death.”
In addition to threatening the mother’s life, MTHFR increases the chances of the baby being born with chromosomal defects such as Down Syndrome. Yikes.
Joey, 32, says his wife took it easy throughout the pregnancy, but started experiencing a rapid heartbeat and fainting spells last week. Concerned for her health, doctors decided to induce Kelly’s labor two weeks before her due date.
Thankfully, there is a happy ending: “The blood clots have broken up, Kelly’s doing fine and Kloey is awesome,” Joey says.
Kloey, for those of you who are wondering, is derived from a combination of Joey’s and Kelly’s names. Hey, at least they didn’t go with JELLY!